Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review: Star-Crossed by Luna Lacour

Disclaimer: This work contains explicit sexual content, language, and delicate subject matter. It is intended for mature readers.

It started with a game - seduce the new teacher.

Eighteen-year-old Kaitlyn Laurent is living the American Dream. Born into a wealthy, socialite family with more opulent surroundings and material things than any girl could even fathom, Kaitlyn is the fresh, young face amidst a sea of morally-amiss Manhattan Debutantes. She is educated, poised, and on the outside - entirely virtuous. Her life, in short, is perfect.

Or so it would seem.

Inside the walls of her Upper East Side mansion, Kaitlyn is struggling. After her parents' divorce and her father's remarriage to a beautiful but otherwise 
utterly vapid woman, Kaitlyn quickly finds herself living in a realm of self-created fantasy, completely detached and entirely clashing with her new family – particularly, her classmate-turned-stepbrother, Marius. Arrogant and with a penchant for playing games, he is intrigued and infatuated by Kaitlyn's faux-chaste outer facade that she uses to cover an otherwise calloused heart.

When the two of them enter into into their final semester at Trinity Prep, and the buzz around campus is that a gorgeous new teacher has set foot in the classroom, Marius makes Kaitlyn a bet: seduce the man who is now her Literature teacher.

If she wins, she gets his trust fund. Money that she can use to finally escape a life that she has come to loathe.

If Marius wins...he gets her virginity.

When an initial spark turns into full-blown obsession, and her affections are inevitably returned – Kaitlyn learns that there are no actions without consequence, and some affairs are simply star-crossed.

"Are we star-crossed?" I ask quietly, a whisper.
"Yes," he said. "But I would fight against the stars for you."

When I first saw that the author was offering ARCs for Star Crossed, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to snag a copy. It pretty much had me at the title and slowly I finally got around to the synopsis and well you can figure out the rest. I got my copy and I was ecstatic! Star crossed is just another name for forbidden. Forbidden and doesn't end well. Ironically it reminds me of Romeo and Juliet which just so happens to be incorporated into the story. 

As you've read the synopsis by now, you'll realize that yes this is a teacher/student romance novel. It takes place in a high school setting but it is in no way a YA novel. Please be warned that this book is for 
mature readers and it deals with a taboo subject as stated above. If it's something you may not be interested in I suggest you still try the book out. It's very different. 

"It all started with a game."

Kaitlyn is a typical girl who nobody understands at a prestigious school full of high societies
 offspring. She doesn't have any friends and she likes it that way. One night at a masquerade ball, she meets Will, who turns out to be her new teacher at school. Cue her step brother Marius striking up a bet. The bet is to seduce the new teacher by the end of the semester. If she wins, she'll be able to get out of the privileged life she lives, to be free. If she loses, she"ll have to lose her virginity to Marius. 

"I was only eighteen. An adult, but not really. A child, yet far from it."

So begins the sensuality and seduction. And oh it was very sensual. I loved the sneaking around, I loved the way the characters talked, and I really loved how well the author made me feel as if I were
part of the story. Kaitlyn doesn't act like most eighteen year olds. She has an old soul, which may be why she has never been able to fit in with anybody before. 

"There was the inevitable explosion; the giving of sin; the realization of what it meant to fall head over heels into something so wholly unexpected."

The supporting cast were also a joy to read. Such as 
an outsider who goes to the school on scholarship. His name is Tyler, and he is from the wrong side of the tracks. He's not ever good enough because he doesn't swim in money such as his many classmates. Marius is Kaitlyn's step brother, his character is intriguing to say the least. 


Will was only meant for a game. A way for Kaitlyn to escape the freedom she craves. But what happens when the stakes become too high? Such as falling in love or worse getting caught? 

Star-Crossed is beautifully written. If you're looking for a sweet romance full of fairies and rainbows well you ain't gonna find it here! This is one thrill ride of all things sexy. I mean come on a forbidden romance with a teacher ten years your senior? Yep! You don't have to tell me twice. 
About the Author:
Lover of coffee, reader of classic literature, and the author of STAR-CROSSED (March 2014).

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